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NATO ministers meet to call for more aid, weapons for Ukraine


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his NATO counterparts are gathering in Romania to call for urgent assistance to Ukraine, including the delivery of electrical components to the devastated country’s power transmission network. devastating war

BUCHAREST, Romania — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his NATO counterparts are gathering in Romania on Tuesday to call for urgent assistance to Ukraine, including the supply of electrical components to the crippled power transmission network. of a country ravaged by war.

Ukraine’s power grid has been destroyed across the country since early October by targeted Russian attacks, in what US officials call a Russian campaign to weaponize the coming winter cold. .

Before the meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is trying to use winter as a weapon of war against Ukraine” and that NATO allies as well as Ukraine “need to be prepared.” subject to more attacks.”

The meeting in the capital Bucharest could see NATO make new commitments on non-lethal assistance to Ukraine: fuel, generators, medical supplies, winter equipment and jamming equipment. unmanned flight. US officials say Blinken will announce substantial US aid to Ukraine’s energy grid

Individual allies are also likely to announce supplies of new military equipment to Ukraine – mainly air defense systems that Kyiv so desperately seeks to protect its skies over – but NATO, as an organization organization, will not avoid being drawn into a broader nuclear war. – Arming Russia.

The ministers, along with their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba, will also look further.

“In the long term, we will help Ukraine transition from Soviet-era equipment to modern NATO standards, doctrine and training,” Stoltenberg said Friday.

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